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Durians falling nicely
« on: August 02, 2020, 12:19:04 PM »
Overall we are off to a great start on this fruit season. Certainly one of the highlights is the durian season!
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Re: Durians falling nicely
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2020, 02:10:43 PM »
Livin tha dream Peter!
Happy harvest!!

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Re: Durians falling nicely
« Reply #2 on: Today at 07:43:56 AM »
Peter,

Are your trees grafted? If so what varieties are you growing?

If they are from seed, how many years before they started to fruit?

How well is the fruit accepted there given it's not a new world fruit?

Great harvest!!

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Sam


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Re: Durians falling nicely
« Reply #3 on: Today at 11:36:26 AM »
Hi Sam,
The tree in the photo is a grafted Gradum/D-99.  The original was brought to CR by Bill Whitman and I made an approach graft off that tree more than 20 years ago.  I have another of the same in production as well as a 30 year old seedling that took 12 years to come into production.  Between the 3 trees we have perhaps 350 fruits.
In our area grafted durian can begin producing after 5-6 years, seedlings 8-12.
Initially demand was slow but it has picked up to the point that there is easily more demand than production and I see the demand pressure increasing faster than production for some time.
The buyers fall into three groups.  There are Chinese who are aware of durian, obsessed by it, in Costa Rica.  The expat community has many serious durian consumers.  The durian consumer will drive 6-8 hours or more to buy good, fresh durian.  Latin Costa Ricanís who have somehow become aware of durian are also buyers.
  We continue to plant and have a pipeline of new production in the works.
Peter

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Re: Durians falling nicely
« Reply #4 on: Today at 03:45:13 PM »
Thanks for the in depth response Peter!

Seems like I have a long wait then cause I have just one seedling tree in a pot that's 2 years old.....

Does cross pollination ensure increased production?

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Re: Durians falling nicely
« Reply #5 on: Today at 05:20:09 PM »
Cross pollination is desirable and necessary sometimes although there are selections that are self fertile like my d-99 and also my seedling in production.
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Re: Durians falling nicely
« Reply #6 on: Today at 07:12:46 PM »
Thanks for the in depth response Peter!

Seems like I have a long wait then cause I have just one seedling tree in a pot that's 2 years old.....

Does cross pollination ensure increased production?

Sam,

I think La Vega has a fruiting durian tree. Why don't you ask them for some buwood so you can try to graft it onto your seedling? That may increase your fruiting time.

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« Reply #7 on: Today at 10:47:19 PM »
Good suggestion!

I think you meant reduce fruiting time..... ; )

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« Reply #8 on: Today at 11:05:42 PM »
Good suggestion!

I think you meant reduce fruiting time..... ; )

Haha, yeah.

Another option is to get a permit to import the grafted trees directly from SE Asia. How difficult is it to get an import permit from the Ministry of Ag?

 

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